CEQA revamp advances, negotiations ongoing

Efforts to modify California’s four decades old environmental protection law are still moving forward at the state Capitol, though it’s clear that there remains a healthy dose of skepticism about the end result.

But supporters insist the point is that things are still moving forward — especially for Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, who seemed to be channeling the famous Mark Twain quote on Wednesday when reminded of Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent gloomy assessment of changes to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

“CEQA reform is alive and well,” the Sacramento Democrat told reporters just after his legislation, Senate Bill 731, cleared its first policy committee.

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